History & Culture

History & Culture

Prayers and Hope: A Severe Outbreak of Flu in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong is an overpopulated, crowded place where people are closely packed together for lack of space. Add to that high humidity levels, and it is the perfect breeding ground for viruses. It witnessed one of the worst ever outbreaks of Flu, says, Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. It feels like […]

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Laddus: Made by Men, Adored by Gods

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe origin of laddu is steeped in antiquity. A story also goes that once a trainee assistant of a doctor, Vaid or Hakeem, as they were called, accidentally dropped ghee on to some mixture. He hastily made it into roundels to give the medicine as a dose. These were perhaps the earliest laddus. Lily tells […]

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A Life Coach Reveals the Secrets of Happiness

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn spite of high-stress levels at work, Rachana Gupta rarely experienced Monday blues. People around her were intrigued. But, over a period of time fancy designations, income, awards, none of it made her happy anymore. A strong urge to share the secrets of happiness inspired her to bid adieu to a corporate career. Mahima picks […]

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Calcutta Cameo: Of Fetidness and Joy!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya presents two snapshots of Calcutta as he saw it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. During a recent visit to my hometown – the city that defies definition, a couple of scenes, framed by the rattling windows of the city’s cacophonic local buses, stay frozen in my mind. The first was […]

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The Third Gender: Why Transgender Are Seen as a Different Community?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe LGBTQ community is in a cheerful mood since the petition quashing of section 377 of IPC has been considered for their good; the Supreme Court of India has ordered the petition to be reviewed by a bench. More commonly known as the Hijra community, they are often the victims of abuse and discrimination. The transgender community […]

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The Year of the Dog: Chinese New Year 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday (Friday, Feb 16). Legend has it that ‘Nian’, a monster used to terrorise the people of a village. Everyone would leave their houses to go to safer grounds, before the monster’s annual visit. However one night, a wise old man decided to stay and confront it. It’s year of […]

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Paint the Town Green!

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith more and more people choosing to go vegan or vegetarian, options are increasing gradually. Recently a popular restaurant in Discovery Bay announced their completely revamped, predominantly vegetarian menu kindling mixed reactions from the community. Initially what began as a diet promoted by animal rights activists, has now gone beyond the realm of morality, to […]

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Lucknow: Of Nawabs, Kebabs, and Tehzeeb

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Lucknow, where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to finally emerge as a new composite whole. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Lucknow always fascinates me. For long it remained a Carrefour where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to […]

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A Nursery Rhyme and the Story of Peach Cobbler

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about a fun dessert called a cobbler! The unique name came about as this dish was cobbled together by early American settlers with fruit that was either canned or dried or preserved in some manner. It was baked over an open fire with clumps of biscuit dough topping it. Read more in […]

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Say Cheese!

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us the story of cheese, its antiquity and how it became an industrial product with the rise of its popularity and increased demands. Here’re the interesting details, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Cheese, the five letters spell the ultimate in fine dining.  An epitome of affluence and sophistication. It is probably […]

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